As I put pen to paper, here at my house in Newport, Rhode Island on 3rd February 2014, I am watching the snow falling and I think back to those America’s Cup days of 1983. It is all fresh in my mind as I have just listened to Sir Ben Ainslie on Desert Island Discs pay the most generous comments in respect of our “Victory Challenge” for the ever controversial but legendary America’s Cup.
Without doubt, the Oracle team were more than fortunate to be able to call upon the services of Sir Ben for the most crucial race in last year’s series on the waters of San Francisco. He proved to be the ingredient that reversed an almost certain New Zealand victory into a USA success. This all augurs well for a British challenge next time around, which is rumoured to be held in San Diego or Hawaii. San Francisco were not pleased enough to host it again but wherever the cup goes, interest will follow.
“I used to sail a 12 metre; I was an Americas Cup challenger for Great Britain: but here I am in 2013 having just as much fun and it’s certainly much cheaper!!” – Peter de Savary